Medical Industry Feature: Unleash the Truth About COPD

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Unleash the Truth About COPD

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Chapter 1
Unleash the Truth About COPD

Even one moderate or severe COPD exacerbation can lead to a significant decline in lung function,1 damage beyond the lungs,2 and effects on a patient’s quality of life.3,4

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    For patients with COPD, exacerbations can have an irreversible and sustained impact on their daily life.3,4 Additionally, exacerbations are often underreported.5 That’s why Dr. MeiLan Han is here to walk us through the importance of exacerbation recognition and prevention, the health and life burdens of exacerbations, and patient-physician communication gaps.


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    2. Donaldson GC, Hurst JR, Smith CJ, Hubbard RB, Wedzicha JA. Increased risk of myocardial infarction and stroke following exacerbation of COPD. Chest. 2010;137(5):1091-1097.
    3. O’Donnell DE, Bertley JC, Chau LK, Webb KA. Qualitative aspects of exertional breathlessness in chronic airflow limitation: pathophysiologic mechanisms. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1997;155(1):109-115.
    4. Roche N. Activity limitation: a major consequence of dyspnoea in COPD. Eur Respir Rev. 2009;18(112):54-57.
    5. Leidy NK, Murray LT, Jones P, Sethi S. Performance of the EXAcerbations of chronic pulmonary disease tool patient-reported outcome measure in three clinical trials of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014;11(3):316-325.

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